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UK Alumni Career Services hosting Career Management Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2022) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Career Services, in partnership with UK HealthCare, will host its second annual virtual Career Management Week Nov. 14-18, 2022. Sessions are designed for UK alumni and friends looking to network, proactively manage their careers and seek professional development opportunities. The series will also focus on career pivots and encore careers.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 20th anniversary of helping UK alumni and friends manage their careers,” said Caroline Francis, director of UK Alumni Career Services. “The world of work and retirement has changed drastically since pre-COVID days. This series will present strategies to help successfully maneuver many phases of one’s career.”

The schedule for Career Management Week includes:

Career Pivots: What’s Holding You Back?

Noon-12:45 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 14

Online location: Zoom and Facebook Live  

Considering a career change but not sure where to start? Join us as we discuss successful strategies for making a career pivot. Gain personal advice from alumni who have made big career changes.

Panelists include:

  • Gwyn Nelson Everly, owner, J. Render’s Southern Table and Bar. Pivoted from electrical engineering to education to restaurant owner.
  • Lindsey Caudill, program coordinator, UK Alumni Association. Pivoted from K-12 education to higher education.
  • Mark Johnson, president, Art Inc. Kentucky. Pivoted from banking to nonprofit art incubator program.

Register for the session here or watch on Facebook Live at

CliftonStrengths® Assessment Workshop

Noon-12:45 p.m. EST Tuesday, Nov. 15

Online location: Zoom

Discover your greatest talents and maximize your potential by using your CliftonStrengths®. This workshop will help you identify your strengths and learn how to utilize them for career success. Living your best life begins when you tap into your unique talents. Go beyond a foundational awareness of your strengths; identify ways to invest in the development of your talents and apply them in your work and life.

The workshop will be facilitated by Amanda Schagane, associate director of UK Alumni Career Services and a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Assessment codes for CliftonStrengths® ($20 value) will be provided by Alumni Career Services for the first 50 registrants to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Video capacity preferred, audio capacity required for breakout rooms.

Registration deadline is Nov. 8.

Register for the Zoom meeting here.

Leverage Your Wildcat Network: 3 Ways You Can Help UK Students and Fellow Alumni

Noon-12:45 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 16

Online location: Zoom

According to the recent UK Alumni Attitude Survey, alumni want more opportunities to mentor students and network with fellow alumni. Join UK alumni and friends to meet new people and learn best practices for mentoring relationships through Wildcat Network. For discussion, video capacity preferred, audio capacity required.

This session is presented by Christy Coffman, alumni program coordinator for the Wildcat Network, and Caroline Francis, director of UK Alumni Career Services.

Register for the session here.

Emerging Trends in Retirement, Encore Careers and Longevity

Noon-12:45 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 17

Online location: Zoom

The definition of retirement has changed as people are living longer, healthier lives. Besides finances, there are many additional factors that come in play to maneuver this major transition and create a lifestyle you will enjoy. Retirement may include some work, but how else will you incorporate or address your needs for passion and purpose? Attend this workshop and learn more about new trends, how not to fail retirement, and the four main nonfinancial pillars of retirement.

This session is presented by Caroline Francis, director of UK Alumni Career Services.

Register for this session here.

Wildcat Women’s Networking Event

5:30-7 p.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 17

Location: J. Render’s Speakeasy, 3191 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington, Kentucky.

Cost: $10

Registration limited to 50 attendees

Research continues to prove that networking is the most valuable thing you can do to advance your career. Join fellow UK alumni and friends for light appetizers at J. Render’s Speakeasy, Lexington’s newest entertainment venue. Our credentialed career counselors will share trending career strategies for women. You won’t want to miss this fun event kicking off the holiday season with fabulous door prizes.

This networking event is sponsored by UK HealthCare, Gray Construction and Central Bank.

Register for this session here.

Proactive Personality and Its Implications for Career Development and Success

Noon-12:45 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 18

Online location: Zoom

Proactive personality has been one of the few personality measures that have been found to correlate with job and career success. In this presentation, the concept and measure of proactive personality will be presented, along with some of the research findings that provide evidence for its role in how employees successfully enter organizations, perform in organizations and establish long-term career success.

This session is presented by Hector Martinez, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Management at the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Register for this session here.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.